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Company Wins $22M Federal Contract To Produce Lithium-Ion Batteries

November 12, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

EaglePicher Technologies plans to expand its plant and hire more employees in Joplin after receiving a $22 million federal contract. The company will use the Department of Defense grant to produce new lithium-ion batteries, The Joplin Globe reported. Company officials...

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up .3%

November 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month. Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.3 percent in September following a 0.6 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported...

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Company Fined $47K For Exposing Workers To Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 11:30 am | by OSHA | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational...

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Port Of Seattle Defends Airport Wage Increases

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In response to a lawsuit, the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to increase the minimum wage for some workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The port said Tuesday in a statement that minimum wages were raised to reduce employee turnover...

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Small Business Credit Conditions Improve

November 12, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Experian, the leading global information services company, today announced that small-business credit conditions have improved and reached an all-time high. According to the most recent Experian/Moody's Analytics Small Business Credit Index, the continued rise in the third quarter can...

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75% Of Surveyed Adults Fearful Of Cyber Attacks

November 12, 2014 10:14 am | by Honeywell Process Solutions | Comments

Three quarters of surveyed adults (75 percent) across 10 countries say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy in their countries, according to the results of a study announced today by Honeywell Process...

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U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. China and the U.S. are the world's two largest polluters, and by taking action together, leaders from both countries hope to spur other nations to be equally...

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New Line At Toyota WV Plant Begins Production

November 12, 2014 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Six-speed automatic transmissions are rolling off a new production line at a Toyota plant in Buffalo. Media outlets report that the line began production on Tuesday at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant. The additional line increases the plant's annual production capacity from...

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'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch that the plant manager told her 126 workers were notified Tuesday...

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Obama's Bid For New China Ties Can't Quell Tension

November 11, 2014 5:28 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | Comments

When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing...

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U.S, China Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 11, 2014 5:19 pm | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles, and other high-tech items. President Obama, in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

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Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 11, 2014 5:03 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations. Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones, and numerous other products as...

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Pesticide Company Fined $10K Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

State regulators in Oregon have levied fines totaling $16,000 for gross negligence in the deaths of some 1,000 bees killed by pesticides sprayed on flowering trees at a Eugene apartment complex last June. The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it...

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WI Company Buying Old Town Mill

November 11, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Wisconsin-based company says it is buying a Maine paper mill that was shut down due to high wood and energy costs. WABI-TV reports that Expera Specialty Solutions announced on Tuesday that it's purchasing the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill and will resume pulp production. The company expects that...

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OK City Plant To Close, 165 Jobs Eliminated

November 11, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An automobile parts manufacturer says it will close its Oklahoma City plant next year, eliminating 165 jobs. The Michigan-based Federal-Mogul Corp. said in a statement that it decided to shutter the plant to help realign its North American distribution network and increase business...

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Lombard Gains FDA Clearance For Expanded Manufacturing Facility

November 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Globe Newswire | Comments

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for manufacturing to commence at Lombard Medical's new...

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Jamaica Signs Deal To Search For Offshore Oil, Gas

November 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Jamaica's petroleum firm has signed an agreement with a British oil company, clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in offshore blocks south of the island. The "production sharing agreement" was signed with London-headquartered Tullow Oil, which has a 100...

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Honda To Inaugurate Motorcycle Plant In Vietnam

November 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by JCN Newswire | Comments

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd., a Honda motorcycle and automobile sales and production joint venture in Vietnam, today held an inauguration ceremony of the third motorcycle production plant in Ha Nam Province. Vice Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and...

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Penske Once Again A Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer

November 11, 2014 1:51 pm | by PRNewswire | Comments

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. "Penske proudly hires and employs veterans and...

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EU Ready To Land First Probe On Streaking Comet

November 11, 2014 1:42 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever — the European Space...

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